Professor Fried: The case for surveillance

Charles Fried Preferred Faculty Photo, as of 2/28/14

Professor Charles Fried writes: I am convinced of the urgent necessity of such a surveillance program. I suppose but do not know — the revelations have been understandably and deliberately vague — that included in what is done is a constant computerized scan of all international electronic communications.

Professor Hanson on Supreme Court politics

The connection between law and mind sciences: A Q&A with Jon Hanson

When it comes to Supreme Court nominees, conservatives are in agreement: Situation matters. Pundits on the right shouted down Harriet E. Miers over concerns that her evangelical backbone would whither under Washington winds. Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. stepped into her spot seeming of far more stalwart vertebrae, but as his backers have stressed recently, he is a creature of situation as well.

Op-ed by Professor Tribe: Gentleman of the Court

The following op-ed by Professor Laurence Tribe, Gentleman of the Court, originally appeared in The New York Times on September 6, 2005: In October 1971, the White House tapped Assistant Attorney General William H. Rehnquist to respond to my critique of someone at the top of its short list for one of the two vacancies created by the nearly simultaneous resignations of two justices.

Not-So-Eminent Domain


Local governments have long had broad authority to accomplish urban planning through the power of eminent domain–taking land away from private owners for fair market value and converting it to uses that meet public needs.

Can Reporters Refuse to Testify?


After columnist Robert Novak published leaked information in July 2003 revealing that Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent critic of the Bush administration, was a CIA operative, a special prosecutor launched an investigation to determine who was responsible for the leak.

Lessons in Courage


Professor Archibald Cox, 1912-2004, taught the nation what it means to be true to one’s principles.
Professor Emeritus Archibald Cox ’37 died on May 29 at age 92. Tenured at Harvard Law School in 1946, he taught generations of students torts, administrative and constitutional law.